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Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor Decorating Store

For absolutely everything "Freshwater Decor" head to Anchor Cottage. Located in Uptown Suttons Bay Michigan, Anchor Cottage carries Pine Cone Hill bedding, Dash & Albert rugs, Emma Bridgwater tabletop, Crabtree & Evelyn bubble bath. Gifts and antiques with a nautical flair. We do special orders and shipping all over the United States. E-mail us at shop@anchorcottage.net. Can't wait to hear from you!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Around The Corner Is Spring!

Pink buffalo check:

Chinoiserie Chic:

Blue and white:

LB Originals @lboriginals Instagram profile - Pikore:

Circa 1840 (single of 2):

Fresh and happy colors.
 Love the pink buffalo check.
Do you force your Forsythia? I try to every March.
Blue and white, by it's self, is so crisp and clean.
Yellow tasseled fringe to shake it up a little.
Lovely pink and white vase with a small amount of bling.
Obviously my pins are reflecting my thoughts of
sunshine and blue skies.

Have a sweet Valentine weekend!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Winter Landscape

A writer's dream of no distractions.

Quiet, muffled of sound.

Gray and white charcoal smeared softly.

Where to go but inside the machinations of the mind.

We are in the depths of winter.
Color sucked out of the season.

We are the tough ones, alive, in the land of no light.
Time to pull on my red sweater!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Having A Cozy Winter In The Studio

It is a freedom, of sorts,
 to have a space where anything goes.

Standing in front of windows filled with light.

Having enough wall space to hang what ever you want.

To play music and enjoy the flowers .

Benjamin is cozy!

I would recommend a light filled space for the imagination to take a vacation and create, without boundaries, a collection of senses. Sight, sound and scent. The view out the windows, the acoustics of the music as the scent of paint permeates your nostrils.

A liberating feeling.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Winter Work

I like using a little jewel of a pillow
to enrich the surrounding furnishings in the room.

Never, have I fallen out of love with Cotton Chintz
or English roses.

Where were these pillows when I had all
that wicker in the shop, painted "Holly Leaf", last summer?

Mount Vernon pillows for the election year!

Work in progress. Cording and fronts for four pillows.

Steve choose this fabric and I am thinking
the green ball fringe to pull out the aqua in the bubbles.

When I am out there buying fabrics for pillows I never take the time to match up trims and fronts. I just buy what I like and when I get home I design the pillows. The end result is an eclectic assortment for the shop.

Do what makes you happy!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Wrap It Up It's The Weekend

be at peace:

Westchester Nautical by Anthony Baratta:

wonderful white linen slipcover:

casa fayette, guadalajara:

a modern and glamorous connecticut home

Park Slope Brownstone - traditional - Home Bar - New York - Michael Schmitt Architect pc:

Brooklyn Brownstone Remodel, Gerry Smith Architect | Remodelista [marine black phyllite counters, looks like soapstone]:

Do you believe in Angels? 
I believe there have been a few in my life.

The chocolate brown "knot" wall paper is such a fine addition in this vignette. So classy, right down to the braided rug.

The silhouette of a wing chair in white.
A pair, slip covered, side by side
with a round  pedestal table in between.

What can I say, Mariska Meijers was in her form, today, when she pinned these four photos of interiors.

That restaurant decor has the "wow" factor.

The blue/grey of the cabinetry is a color I have been using this winter. Raccoon Fur by Benjamin Moore. I used it in high gloss on some tables I am painting for the shop.

 And, that sofa against that wall with "thee" pop of color.
 Thank you for sharing Mariska.

That's all folks, it's a wrap.
Now, for the weekend!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Working On The Shop

This row of shelving is two feet in from the new wall!!

What we are putting behind that wall is a studio apartment for Steve and I to stay in when we sell the Holler.

I will miss my "backdoor" customers. It was always fun to look up and see who knew to park out back and come in through the french doors.

Table-top world is now where" rug world" was. The fabric hanging over the french doors will be new curtains for the door walls and valances, over the windows, behind the counter.

Painted the counter a glossy blue to go with the curtains.

Here we are looking, from the front door, past "paper world" into "baby world"!

Over there is the new rug and fabric world. All the rug and fabric swatches plus lampshades will be in this area.

Where is "bedding world" you ask? It will be on the same wall as the point of sale. Will there be enough room? It will be a tight fit but I will work on the flow, by selling some fixtures and piling it high!

So, as soon as Steve can put the wall up, I needed the wall space, I can start putting it back together again. Can't wait to hang all the paintings I inherited from Tree Line Gallery.

Starting to feel the excitement of a new look.

How The Day Started

Pretty if you don't have to leave the Holler!

Just another day in northern Michigan, pulling on layers of turtle necks, sweaters, longies, jeans, socks, five pounds of boots, jacket, scarf, hat and gloves! 

Ready to head out?

I hear Steve firing up the plow truck.

Time for me to scrape the snow off my car and get out of his way.

On a sweeter note...
These are on my kitchen window sill.

My computer is up and running, Steve at Radio Shack, replaced the keyboard at hardly any expense.

I'm out of here, have a great day!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Going To A Wedding Soon!

Photos by Oh, Karina Photography


Yeah, I know I'm a bit peeved by the male gender at this time, but gosh darn it this is what  I'm going to pin cause I like it. And you just never know, I might need this for reference one day.:


stripes & tulle:

A Look Inside Amy Gropp Forbes & Adam Forbes' Beautiful Park Slope Townhouse — New Book: Design Brooklyn by Anne Hellman & Michel Arnaud:


Pair of Karpen Horn Chairs:

Jump for joy, Garen and Tim, May 28th, 2016.
What to wear and how to do my hair?
Where to stay?
Love these chairs, they remind me of the fellows, a perfect match.

Friday morning musings!


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Name These Dishes

Good Morning! Spilled coffee on my keyboard.
So Saturdays blog is being posted on my husbands computer.

I was still able to load the pictures
 but have to do the typing over here.

On my way to Radio Shack, wish me luck.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sweet And Pretty

Keep #Britain Tidy, campaign poster c.1960s Catalogue reference: EXT 1/121. The National Archives.:

National Archives

Couch pillows:


0552903 Norfolk Honeysuckle by Vervain:


Ivy and Vine; www.ivyandvine.com:

Ivy and Vine

Blue toile chair:

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chinoiserie southern throw pillow boho chic decor:

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Furbish Studio

This week's choices,
 from the Anchor Cottage Collection,
 on Pinterest.

I am always a sucker for good graphics. Way to go Britain!

Corals and peaches, combined, are so fresh.

White roses and blue linen,
 simple and sweet chairs are very pretty.

I have always been a fan of floral pattern on black background.

Sunday afternoon snow showers.
 Time for a movie in front of the fire.